NBA Showtime features the same arcade 2 on 2 style of NBA Jam and NBA Hangtime. One of the NBA teams is chosen, then two players from that team are chosen. At half time two different players can be chosen to switch out the current ones. NBA Showtime also features the "on fire" feature. If a player makes 3 consecutive shots they become on fire and can not only make shots at a much higher percentage, the player can also goal tend without penalty. The announcer from NBA Jam ( Tim Kitzrow) returns after an absence from NBA Hangtime. NBA Showtime also features a create a player mode as well as the initials and PIN system for record keeping.
NBA Showtime: NBA on NBC featured a four player cabinet. Each player had three buttons to use: Pass/Steal, Shoot/Jump, and Turbo. NBA Showtime uses the same hardware that is used in the NFL Blitz series. In version 1.0 of the game Dennis Rodman was on the Lakers. The player could adjust the color of his hair. After version 1.0 Rodman was no longer with the Lakers and was removed. The Arcade version of the game also included various Universal Monsters such as: Frankenstein's Monster, The Bride of Frankenstein, The Mummy, The Wolf Man, and the Creature From the Black Lagoon.
Game Boy Color Version
The Game Boy Color version of the game features four play modes: Season, Exhibition, Playoffs, and Practice. The Game Boy version also features all 29 teams found in the other versions of the game.